Keb Mo
Jefferson Center
Roanoke, VA (USA)
October 11,2007

Acoustic Concert (Audience Recording)
Row R, Right Section

a Lp20 recording

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Post Editing – Split into tracks, raised volume on talking tracks, lowered volume on clapping, normalized and dithered.

Disc 1

01 Soon As I Get Paid
02 talking/tuning
03 That’s Not Love
04 talking/tuning
05 Victims Of Comfort
06 talking/tuning
07 Your Love
08 talking/tuning
09 House In California
10 talking/tuning
11 One Friend
12 You Can Love Yourself
13 talking/tuning
14 Suitcase
15 talking/tuning
16 Closer
17 talking/tuning
18 Everything I Need
19 talking/tuning

Disc 2

01 The Itch
02 marriage advice for
03 Let Your Light Shine
04 talking/tuning
05 Tell Everybody You Know
06 Am I’m Wrong
07 talking/tuning
08 I’m A Hero
09 More Than One Way Home
10 crew introduction
11 France
12 talking/tuning
13 Lullaby Baby Blues
14 City Boy
15 talking/tuning
16 She Just Wants To Dance
17 talk/ingtuning
18 Gimme What You Got
19 talking/tuning
20 Henry
21 Shave Yo Legs

Known Issues;
I had great seats to record the clapping. So I had to lower clapping even one clap at a time. I did a pretty good job except for a couple of places at the end of a couple of songs. I also had to raise the volume of the taking parts, so you may hear the PA a little in the background. The music I left alone except to raise the volume. All and all this is a great recording for a rookie with little editing experience. I hope you like it.

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Keb' Mo' makes the blues fun at Jeff Center
Concert review
By Tad Dickens / Roanoke Times

Keb' Mo' performs in front of a full house Thursday night at Jefferson Center.
It’s serious business, pulling together practically every style of American roots music.

But Keb’ Mo’ made it fun on Thursday night at the Jefferson Center. Mo’ had the sold-out Jefferson Center audience laughing as well as clapping and stomping along.

But he had to break a little ice, first.

“This is a well-behaved crowd,” he said, four songs into the show. “We’re just gettin’ to know each other. I’m just gonna start cussin’ in a minute.”

His playing and singing were enough to make wannabe bluesmen cuss their own abilities. You want boogie-woogie, with a jazzy bridge? Mo’ played “When I Get Paid.” Want driving Delta blues? Mo’ did “Am I Wrong?” Want Elmore James-style slide licks? Mo’ played “She Just Wants to Dance.” Want some swampy funk? Mo’ had “Gimme What You Got.”

On Thursday, he was a deep-South devil with a steel slide in his hand one minute, dropping in a clutch of Wes Montgomery-style octaves the next. He and his accompanist, multi-instrumentalist Clayton Gibb, were a tight unit, often making one forget about the songs' original full-band arrangements.

But none of it overshadowed Mo's voice, a rangy and resonant instrument that meshed tightly with his fingerpicking.

“This song’s in the key of E, which stands for everybody join in and sing” he said, introducing the song “One Friend.”

“But you probably don’t know the words, because I don’t have any big hits that everybody knows the words to,” he added, grinning.

Turns out, plenty of his crowd knew. A couple of minutes later, they were singing along to the ragtime bounce of “Love Yourself,” with its classic self-deprecation: “Well my Mama said she loves me, but she could be jivin’, too.”

Mo’ could probably be a nightclub comedian, if the Grammy award-winning musician thing falls apart on him. Here’s a sampling of one-liners.

“It’s a butt-shakin’ song, but you’ve still gotta tune” your guitar, he said as he twisted the keys before playing “Gimme What You Got.”

“I’ve been married 14 times. I have 28 children. None of them by my wives. The road is hard.”

“You don’t take nobody out on a Thursday night unless you love ‘em."

He introduced the audience to Kris Wright and Heather Shepherd, sitting about 20 rows back. Mo’ said that the two are getting married, and he dedicated “Closer” to them. “Getting closer is all I wanna do,” he sang.

Wright and Shepherd, of Franklin County, said afterward that they had never met Mo’, but he is a favorite of theirs. Coincidentally, they are getting married at the Jefferson Center Atrium on Saturday. Friends of theirs contacted Mo’s road manager with the request for “Closer.” They said that song will be their first dance as a married couple.

Mo’ even quizzed the audience about who had been married longest in the room, and brought the “winners” on stage to give advice to Wright and Shepherd. The advice wasn’t memorable, but the sentiment was.

“That’ll be $35,” Mo’ joked.